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Rust Programming By Example

By : Guillaume Gomez, Antoni Boucher
Book Image

Rust Programming By Example

By: Guillaume Gomez, Antoni Boucher

Overview of this book

Rust is an open source, safe, concurrent, practical language created by Mozilla. It runs blazingly fast, prevents segfaults, and guarantees safety. This book gets you started with essential software development by guiding you through the different aspects of Rust programming. With this approach, you can bridge the gap between learning and implementing immediately. Beginning with an introduction to Rust, you’ll learn the basic aspects such as its syntax, data types, functions, generics, control flows, and more. After this, you’ll jump straight into building your first project, a Tetris game. Next you’ll build a graphical music player and work with fast, reliable networking software using Tokio, the scalable and productive asynchronous IO Rust library. Over the course of this book, you’ll explore various features of Rust Programming including its SDL features, event loop, File I/O, and the famous GTK+ widget toolkit. Through these projects, you’ll see how well Rust performs in terms of concurrency—including parallelism, reliability, improved performance, generics, macros, and thread safety. We’ll also cover some asynchronous and reactive programming aspects of Rust. By the end of the book, you’ll be comfortable building various real-world applications in Rust.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell
Events and Basic Game Mechanisms

Using relm on stable Rust

In this whole chapter, we used Rust nightly to be able to use custom attributes, which are currently unstable. The #[widget] attribute provided by relm provides many advantages:

  • Declarative view
  • Data bindings
  • Less typing

So it would be nice to be able to use a similar syntax on stable that provides the same advantages. And it is possible to do so, by using the relm_widget! macro. We'll rewrite the App widget to use this macro:

relm_widget! {
    impl Widget for App {
        fn init_view(&mut self) {

        fn model() -> Model {
            Model {
          adjustment: Adjustment::new(0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0),
                cover_pixbuf: None,
                cover_visible: false,
                current_duration: 0,
                current_time: 0,
                play_image: new_icon(PLAY_ICON),
                stopped: true,

        fn open(&self) {
            // …